Government Shuts Down and Gloves Come Off

By Cody Combs

Published 10/01 2013 04:09AM

Updated 10/01 2013 07:35AM

WASHINGTON - The federal government is now in the beginning stages of partially shutting down.

"They want the government to close," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) about the Republican controlled House of Representatives. "This is subterfuge."

It's the first time in 17 years the federal government has been forced to shut down.

The Democratic controlled Senate and Republican controlled House of Representatives failed to reach a deal on a budget before the October 1st deadline.

Many Republicans in the House of Representatives supported a plan to fund the federal government while delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but that plan didn't fly in the Senate.

"I would hope that the Senate would accept our offer to go to conference and discuss this so we can resolve it for the American people," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). "Let's resolve our differences."

President Obama seemed to blame the gridlock on what he described small faction of the Republican Party.

"One faction of one party in one house of congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of the election," said Obama. "You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job."

Some Central Pennsylvania Congressional members have taken to Twitter expressing and explaining their votes.

9th District Rep. Bill Shuster (R) tweeted, "Obama will negotiate with the Russians & the Iranians but won't come to Capitol Hill & talk with elected representatives."

12th District Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) tweeted, "The House voted to keep govt open, pay troops, delay Obamacare, Senate took the weekend off & then said no."

The President responded to and took the debate to Twitter as well.

"Despite the shutdown, the new health insurance marketplace opens for business as planned on October 1st," Obama tweeted. "The Affordable Care Act is moving forward."

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